Shopping around Christmas time is my absolute favorite. My ultimate weakness is anything that shimmers — sequins, glitter, rhinestones, I love it all — and during the holidays, you find this splendor every corner you turn. This time of the year, I’m definitely in my element. I’m not going to make glitter bender jokes (whoops, just did) but I’m going to introduce you to the hair sensation to make your look complete this holiday season. Straight from Santa’s town, 2015’s newest hair trend, my Christmas miracle: the glitter roots! And yes, it really is all kinds of amazing.
This millennial hair sensation popped up at the Toronto Fashion Week Spring 2015 for the first time. Canadian designer Hayley Elsaesser, known for her eccentric designs and playful colour palettes, colored the scalps of her models with glitter before sending them down the runway. Surprisingly, it took a while before this became an actual trend. But after a slow take-off, it’s the talk of beauty town now. This glitz and glam technique has been preached on social media as a way to cover up your dyed hair’s grown-out roots but the amazing thing is that it’s actually for everyone. Grown-out roots or not.
I think this dazzling trend looks best on soft-colored hair. Glitter roots on milky pink, baby blue or pastel purple hair is without question the most gorgeous combination!
To add a touch of magic to your hair, all you need is some clear hair wax and any (craft store) glitter of your liking. Mix the glitter and hair gel well and use a brush — like an old, unused painting brush that’s lying around or a foundation brush you never use — for application. Paint the mixture from the roots down. The key to succesful glitter roots is applying it not too low, but just an inch, maybe two from the place where your hair is parted. Sprinkle a little more glitter on places you feel could use a little more party before the hair gel dries up. If you’re in a creative mood, play around with sequins and other sparkly things, like those little stars.
Depending on how generous you are with the glitter, it can take 2-3 washes to get all the shimmers out of your hair. Make sure you pamper your hair with a hair mask afterwards. Your hair will thank you!
It’s true that glitter roots are not for the faint of heart but it’s so easy to make this style work for you: keep it classy and low-key with a subtle sparkle or make mouths fall open with a full-on festive hairstyle. It’s up to you! And while these sparkling strands are not your everyday hairdo, I think it’s a pretty nice idea for a holiday get-together, a 90’s party or just for fun. Who dares?